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AUG 2018

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38 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 8.18 THE BIT Craze Bordering Delirium Is the cannabis extract CBD the elixir we've all been searching for? By Mary Chellis Nelson A few months ago, I was perusing the supplement aisle at Rainbow Blossom for an alternative remedy for cramps when a staffer asked, "Have you tried CBD oil?" She took me to a small glass case of tincture bottles, gummies, jars of jam — all containing cannabidiol, or CBD, one of at least 100 phytocannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. e store had several brands, including some extracted from Kentucky-grown hemp. At the checkout, a freezer contained CBD push pops. CBD soft serve was available at the store's LIFEbar cafe. I got a bottle of the oil and took a little every day for several weeks, noticing subtle changes in my mood — more relaxed but without an afternoon energy slump, stress kind of fading into the background. en I started to notice how prevalent CBD has become in town. Smoke shops advertise it. Signs outside gas stations say, "We sell CBD." Just about every natural-foods gro- cery keeps it in the supplement aisle. Stacey Freibert, who owns the Seeds and Greens cafe and market in New Albany, wears a "Hemp hemp hooray" T-shirt to work every day. I texted a group of friends and asked whether anyone had tried the stuff. An immediate response: "I'm obsessed." Others followed: "My boyfriend uses it for anxiety." "My mom takes it for hip pain." "It's helped my mom's bloating and GI issues." "My dad uses it for back pain." One friend added that her boss, a hair salon owner, is going to start selling CBD, which can cost about $100 for a few ounces. CBD Hemp Oil opened in Lyndon late last year, and owner David Barhorst has a store in Florence, Kentucky, one in Sarasota, Florida, and another opening soon in Charlotte, North Carolina. I catch him on the phone while he's in Florida for a CBD conference. (He had just picked up from the airport, of all people, my yoga instructor. I wondered: Small-town Louis- ville coincidence or is CBD just that darn popular?) e main CBD uses Barhorst has seen are to treat depression/anxiety, pain/ inflammation, epilepsy and sleep problems. A 72-year-old customer of his claims she's able to ride a horse for the first time in 20 years. A 46-year-old hemp farmer he knows told him, "I don't really notice anything, but my wife says I'm a heck of a lot easier to get along with." Jesse Miller, a natural-foods broker covering the Midwest, sells a line of CBD oils from the Las Vegas-based CV Sciences to places like Rainbow Blossom. He has worked in the natural-foods business since the early '90s and has seen fads come and go. "It's becoming the fastest-growing category our industry's ever seen," he says. (At the Lexington Road Rainbow Blossom, Marc Fulkerson, who has worked at the store for 19 years, says, "Eight to 10 percent of this store's sales are in this (CBD) case.") Miller has a whole slide show on CBD that goes back to 2,800 B.C., when Chinese medicine first recorded the use of cannabis. Cannabis sativa is the botanical term for the plant that includes hemp and marijuana. e two are like cousins, though hemp, by legal definition, contains .3 percent or less of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). "It's like comparing the alcohol content in kombu- cha to tequila," Miller says. A BIT DEEPER

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